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Hero Down: Houston County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Richard Crooms Killed In Crash

Houston County, GA – Houston County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Richard Crooms died in the line of duty during a multi-vehicle crash on Wednesday.

Investigator Crooms, 56, was traveling northbound on Moody Road on March 30 when a southbound Honda Civic driven by 27-year-old Kandace Jackson traveled into oncoming traffic and crashed into his SUV, WGXA reported.

The force of the impact caused the investigator’s vehicle to crash into a Ford F-150 that was also traveling northbound, Houston County Sheriff Cullen Talton said in a press release.

Investigator Crooms was killed in the collision.

Jackson also died in the crash, WGXA reported.

The driver of the Ford pickup truck was not injured.

Investigator Crooms served the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years prior to retiring at the rank of lieutenant, WGXA reported.

He went on to work at the Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth and the Middle Georgia University Police Department before he joined the Houston County District Attorney’s Office in September of 2020, according to WAGA.

“We at the DA’s Office are heartbroken and deeply saddened by the loss of our brother and co-worker,” Acting Houston County District Attorney William Kendall told WGXA. “Getting news like this, going to the scene, and making notifications to loved ones is nothing short of tragic.”

Kendall said Investigator Crooms was a role model for others and always maintained a “kind attitude.”

“I knew Richard to be kindhearted, fair, and motivated,” he told WGXA. “He was quick to make friends, quick to help out, and seemed to always have an optimistic mindset.”

“He loved his family and his brothers and sisters in law enforcement,” the district attorney added. “He often would share stories about his family and children, always speaking words of love.”

Kendall said Investigator Crooms touched many lives during his decades of service to his community.

“His legacy will carry on through us. We at the DA’s Office are forever grateful of Investigator Richard Crooms, and as we move on to another day, we will remember him, his family and the lives he touched,” he told WGXA. “God bless Richard and his family.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Houston County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Richard Crooms, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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